Modern Jazz
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Modern Jazz
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Blooming Tall Phlox


Pianist Yelena Eckemoff Continues Her Inimitable Exploration of Visual Arts, Poetry and Classically-Informed Jazz on Blooming Tall Phlox, for the First Time Featuring an All-Finnish Lineup of Young Rising Stars.

Augmented by her compelling artwork and poetry, Eckemoff now adds the impact of human senses to her music…in the case of Blooming Tall Phlox, that of smell. Increasingly imbued by her distinctive, recognizable approach to melody, song titles like “Apples Laid Out on the Floor,” “Wildflower Meadows” and “Old Fashioned Bread Store” not only palpably evoke these alluring odors, but provide both vivid and immediate imagery and inspiration for this two-CD, 98-minute set of fifteen new compositions, divided into two parts: Summer Smells and Winter Smells.

Eckemoff recruited some of Finland’s best young, up-and-coming players for Blooming Tall Phlox. In addition to trumpeter Verneri Pohjola, and drummer Olavi Louhivuori, vibraphonist Panu Savolainen and double bassist Antti Lötjönen – all rising stars in their own country and all already are showing the promise of even broader recognition.

Eckemoff’s range is broad, as a pianist, composer and arranger. Her music can seamlessly move between ethereal abstractions and chord-driven thematic constructs; it plays liberally with time or swing with surprising fervor; juxtaposes gentle balladry, defined by beautifully unfolding series of motifs, with greater angularity and extemporaneous freedom; positively sings with mellifluous lyricism or challenge preconception with knotty idiosyncrasies while, bolstered by an organic meshing of frenetic grooves and in-the-moment interaction, providing contexts for expressive improvisational élan from Eckemoff and her exceptional quintet.

Playfully imbued with vitality, energy, creativity and, perhaps most importantly, an unrelenting sound of surprise that reveals more with each and every listen, Blooming Tall Phlox is both a consistent fit within Eckemoff’s overall discography and continues the upward trajectory that this daring pianist/composer has been on since she first appeared in the jazz world just six short years ago, garnering increased attention from publications ranging from Downbeat to Jazz Times and to Jazzwise and Jazzthing.

  • Blooming Tall Phlox
  • Apples Laid out on the Floor
  • Baba Liza's Singer
  • Old-fashioned Bread Store
  • Wildflower Meadows
  • Fish Fried on Oped Fire
  • Sleeping in the Tent
  • Pine Needles Warmed by the Sun
  • Smoke from the House Chimneys in Frosty Air
  • Talks over Hot Tea
  • Grandpa Lera's Bookcase
  • Clementines and Candies on Christmas Tree
  • Mommy's Shawl
  • Aunt Galya's Perfume
  • Scented Candles and Sparkling Wine